183 Tasting Notes

95
drank Assam Harmony by Adagio Teas
183 tasting notes

My precious.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Yerba Mate by Samovar
183 tasting notes

Recently got a sampler pack from Samovar through a Twitter contest-thing. So, adding that to the two samplers sets I ended up with from Adagio… it looks like I better get around to trying (and liking) mate.

Having only tried a toasted mate before, this is my first ‘real’ experience with yerba mate. It has an interesting herbal, almost minty sort of taste to it. But it has something else to it that I can’t quite put my finger on. (I think in the toasted, I referred to it as tobacco-y. This is not the same… something.)

Definitely an unofficial rating at this point.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Lori

Unroasted mate has a grassy, fuzzy hay flavor to me. I much prefer the roasted mate..

Michelle Butler Hallett

Stevia (much more so than sugar) can improve green mate.

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90

“You and the Cap’n make it happen.”

Sorry to steal your thunder, Cap’n Crunch… but this morning me and a certain other Cap’n are getting things done.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Organic Pu-Erh Tea by Arbor Teas
183 tasting notes

Haven’t dipped into the pu-erh stash in awhile. I might have liked this better this morning, had I not been making pastry cream and blueberry sauce for my pancakes… It just doesn’t seem to jive with all the sweets I’ve been sampling. Still a good one, though.

Sarah Ruthven

who needs tea with pasrty cream and blueberry sauce anyway :)

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90

Had to break into the “good” stash this morning. I’m almost done with all of my B-list black teas, but I still want to clear the cupboard out a little more before I let myself have all my favorites on heavy rotation again. So… why do I get this one this morning? Because I don’t feel 100%, and I do what I want.

Under perfect brewing conditions, which I admit I rarely strive for first thing in the morning, this tea is amazingly sweet. Other times, it’s still very good. Today… it’s amazing. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Meghann M

I’ve got to remember to order this for myself. Sounds great!

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80

Just finished this one off as well. One of the better darjeelings in my stash. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Nepal First Flush by Adagio Teas
183 tasting notes

Haven’t been logging much lately, but I’ve been drinking this pretty regularly.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Nepal First Flush by Adagio Teas
183 tasting notes

Backlogging. I had two cups of this yesterday morning. I don’t usually have more than one, but I was extra-sleepy and it’s getting colder outside. I think the Thermos is going to have to start coming to work with me.

This is an interesting one that doesn’t seem to fit into any category. I like it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

I just finished a packet of one called ‘Himalayan Traveller’s Tea.’ It’s like a more assertive Darjeeling. Really unique. I wonder if Nepalese teas will take off.

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85
drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
183 tasting notes

Took this to class with me this morning. The chef-instructor brought in doughnuts… This was an excellent accidental pairing with my lemon curd bismark. (My favorite of all doughnuts.)

On a different note, I’ve down-graded this rating a bit. This is a good tea, but since trying it for the first time, I’ve found much better Earl Greys. I’m grading on a curve, I guess.

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80

Backlogging. I’ve got a few early-morning classes this semester, and I’ve been taking tea in my Thermos, which is a lovely way to stay warm in the frigid lecture room. I love that it’s still hot when I pull it out of my bag at the end of a 6-hour kitchen lab.

This Darjeeling is great, but 5:30am is not when I should be making a pot of tea, apparently. I had it in my head that this was an oolong. I steeped it as an oolong, and I expected it to taste like an oolong. I blame it on Adagio’s Ooooh Darjeeling…. Somehow. Really, it was just too early and I had no idea what I was doing. I shouldn’t be allowed to do anything without my morning cup… including making my morning cup.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Jaime

“Really, it was just too early and I had no idea what I was doing.”

Oh, how I can relate to that!!

Is your kitchen lab a quantity foods class? My longest one was only about 5…

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20-something. Semi-professional baker. Loves black teas and rooibos. Discovering new loves all the time.

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I’m a habitually high-rater. Maybe I’m easily-impressed.

90-100 – A – I love these teas, and want to keep them in rotation.

80-89 – B – These teas are good, and I would never turn them down.

70-79 – C – These teas are sort of middle of the road. Drinkable, but would never be my first choice.

60-69 – D – I don’t like these teas, but they are palatable under certain conditions.

0-59 – E – Do. Not. Want.

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